Risk Management

Protecting Employees From Heat-related Illnesses

Protecting Employees From Heat-related Illnesses

According to OSHA, millions of employees across the country are exposed to heat within their workplaces. Employees can encounter occupational heat exposure in both indoor (e.g., kitchens, boiler rooms, manufacturing plants and warehouses) and outdoor (e.g., construction and landscaping sites, oil or gas wells and farms) work environments. Without the proper precautions in place, occupational …

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OSHA Proposes Rule to Update the HCS

OSHA Proposes Rule to Update the HCS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) outlines requirements regarding labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for hazardous workplace chemicals throughout the United States. To align its requirements with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), OSHA recently issued a proposed rule to update the …

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The Dangers of Falling and Flying Objects

The Dangers of Falling and Flying Objects

Falling and flying objects can create serious hazards within the workplace, and may lead to severe accidents and injuries.Many of these accidents occur when employees are haphazardly performing routine maintenance or not wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Nevertheless, following these safety tips can help make the work environment safer, protecting you and your co-workers …

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Upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week Will Focus on Speeding

Upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week Will Focus on Speeding

Operation Safe Driver Week—an annual campaign conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)—will take place July 11-17. Operation Safe Driver Week is an annual, seven-day initiative created by the CVSA to help detect and prevent unsafe behaviors on the road among commercial drivers. During this weeklong campaign, law enforcement agencies throughout North America participate …

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Selecting Safe Sunglasses on the Job

Selecting Safe Sunglasses

It is important to protect your eyes from sun damage when working outdoors in the hot summer sun. After all, any amount of time in the sun can expose you to a variety of eye complications, such as cataracts and cancer. What’s more, sunlight reflecting off of sand or water can further elevate your exposures …

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Protecting Construction Workers in Summer Conditions

Protecting Construction Workers in Summer Conditions

As summertime approaches, it’s important to ensure your employees will be properly protected at the construction site. After all, summer is often the hottest season of the year, typically accompanied by surging temperatures and increased humidity levels. Such weather conditions can greatly increase the risk of your employees experiencing numerous complications on the job—especially heat-related …

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The Importance of Communicating With Employees During Workers’ Compensation Claims

The Importance of Communicating With Employees During Workers’ Compensation Claims

Employees who face work-related injuries and illnesses commonly have subsequent stress and anxiety. Oftentimes, this stress is made worse should employers stop communicating with the employee while they’re unable to work.   It is important for employers to make their employees feel appreciated and to invest in their well-being. This rapport helps employees feel welcomed, …

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Medical Provider Fraud

Medical Provider Fraud

Although your workers’ compensation policy is intended to help cover the expenses that result from an employee becoming ill or injured on the job, various parties may attempt to abuse this coverage by committing insurance fraud. And while you may think that only employees can participate in such fraud (e.g., falsifying an injury to receive …

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OSHA’s National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction Runs May 3-7

OSHA’s National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction Runs May 3-7

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls account for the 30% of fatalities in the construction industry. To raise awareness about falls and to help prevent them, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created …

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